Americans broadly and strongly disapprove of the intervention by Congress in the case of Terri Schiavo and most believe lawmakers are using her case for political gain, according to an ABC News poll published on Monday.
Seventy percent deemed the congressional intervention inappropriate, while 67 percent said they believe lawmakers became involved in the Schiavo case for political advantage rather than the principles involved.
The telephone poll of 501 adults was taken on Sunday and has a 4.5 point error margin.
President Bush early on Monday signed emergency legislation aimed at reversing the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube ordered by a state court on Friday. The measure, which sent the case to federal court, was approved during an extraordinary weekend session of the Republican-led Congress.
Sixty-three percent of those surveyed in the ABC poll said they support the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube.
Among two core Republicans constituencies, 54 percent of conservatives said they support removal of the tube, while evangelical Protestants divide about evenly with 46 percent support.
According to the poll, conservatives and evangelicals also were more likely to support federal intervention in the case, although the support did not reach a majority in either group.
Sophie Guilbaud not only holds a full-time job, she also helps run her son's nursery and treats herself to regular weekdays of shopping, movies and art shows. The secret to her balancing act is a remarkable piece of social engineering — France's 35-hour workweek. Introduced under the Socialists but headed for effective abolition by lawmakers Tuesday, "les 35 heures" have been a boon for some but, critics argue, a big drain on the economy.
Heated debate over dismantling the working time law has fed into wider political and literary soul-searching in France, on themes ranging from the country's economic frailty and bureaucratic office culture to whether quality of life should be measured in time or money.
For Guilbaud, a Parisian who works as a loan company manager, that last question is a no-brainer.
"Work is not the only thing in my life," she said, suggesting she might quit rather than work more hours.
But with unemployment at 10 percent, politicians of all stripes acknowledge that the country's unique 35-hour law has failed in its original ambition: to force employers to hire massively. What's more, there are strong signs that it hurt living standards as employers froze salaries to make up for lost labor.
"The intention was to spread work around, but the effect was to spread our salaries around," Thierry Breton, France's new finance minister, said last week.
A government-backed bill that effectively restores the previous 39-hour workweek is expected to win final approval this week, despite massive public protests earlier this month and denunciations by the now out-of-power Socialists.
Amid soaring unemployment and stagnating wages, the reform is supported by jobseekers and even by factory workers, according to a survey that pollsters CSA published last month — and by 46 percent of the overall population, with 43 percent opposed.
The Vatican criticized the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, saying Monday she should not be treated like a broken "household appliance," while Orthodox Jews said keeping the brain-damaged woman alive was tampering with the process of death.
Others argued that regardless of the outcome, the decision should not be reached through the political process.
Spiritual authorities around the world had differing views on the Florida case, underscoring the agonizing moral dilemma presented by the tug-of-war over Schiavo's life.
While the Roman Catholic Church opposed the withdrawal of nutrition, Orthodox Jews said the feeding tube should never have been inserted in the first place. Islamic scholars, meanwhile, are divided on how the case should be handled.
A federal judge weighed the fate of a brain-damaged Florida woman on Monday, acting hours after the U.S. Congress and President Bush intervened to push the highly charged right-to-die case back into court.UPDATE: He's been an hour since the two 30-minute arguments should have ended. Where is he? Terri's starving!
U.S. District Judge James Whittemore began a hearing shortly after 3 p.m. EST to consider a request from Terri Schiavo's parents to reinstate tube feeding for their 41-year-old daughter that was halted three days ago. CNN reported that the judge gave each side 30 minutes to make their case.
During the hearing, David Gibbs, an attorney for the parents, said that forcing Schiavo to die by starvation and dehydration would be "a mortal sin" under her Roman Catholic beliefs.
"It is a complete violation to her rights and to her religious liberty, to force her in a position of refusing nutrition," Gibbs told Whittemore.
But the judge told Gibbs that he was not completely sold on the argument. "I think you'd be hard-pressed to convince me that you have a substantial likelihood" of the parents' lawsuit succeeding, said Whittemore, nominated by former President Clinton in 1999.
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Just remember, the next time you fill your car with gasoline and pay $2 or more per gallon, you are paying into a system that allows the mullahs to sell their oil to the Europeans, the Indians, the Chinese and the Japanese at prices that put billions into their personal clandestine bank accounts and give them all the revenue they need to buy the world's top nuclear weapons technology.
If we don't stop the mullahs soon, we should put our own names on the improvised nuclear device these mad terrorist clerics smuggle into the U.S. to destroy New York or Washington.
Two Jewish groups have bought up a block in an Arab-populated section of the Old City of Jerusalem, Maariv reports. The properties were purchased from the cash-strapped Greek Orthodox Church.Well, guess what: the PA had a fit.
Palestinians Worried at Report Jews Buy Church LandAnd then the Church had a fit too: no deal happened and even if a deal happened, it wasn't a valid deal anyway. So, there.
The Maariv report stirred dismay among the Greek Orthodox Church's 100,000 mainly Arab followers, and prompted the Palestinian Authority to order an official investigation.
"These lands are Palestinian lands, not lands from Crete or Greece," Marwan Toubasi of the Greek Orthodox Central Council told reporters. "We call on the Greek government to intervene and facilitate the inquiry."
The Greek Orthodox Church moved to calm Palestinian jitters over Jerusalem's future on Saturday after an Israeli newspaper said a top church official had secretly sold key property in the holy city to Jews.Meanwhile, in Greece, conspiracies are alive and well: American-Russian intrigues regarding the Jerusalem Patriarchate (Greek only but a rough translation follows after the jump).
The church stopped short of confirming the report in Maariv daily that a former aide to Jerusalem Patriarch Irineos had sold Old City land to two groups of unnamed foreign Jewish investors, but said such a deal would have been unauthorized and thus void.
"The (aide's) power of attorney discussed (in Maariv) is null and void because it was not issued by the patriarch with the consensus of the Holy Synod," a Greek Orthodox Church spokesman said on Saturday.
Columnist 'Adli Barsoum wrote in the government daily Al-Gumhuriyya: "Egypt staunchly rejected American attempts to interfere in the MP Ayman Nour affair. America does not have any right to impose upon us its false role of defense of human rights, democracy, and free speech, when it has [both] an early and recent history of human rights violations in forms unknown to [even] Hitler's Nazis.And if it's not the Nazis, it's the Guess-whos...
"It is no secret that a well-known body in Washington translates what the Egyptian media publishes. It chooses fragmented and unintelligible lines from here and there so that they will constitute proof that the Egyptian media is out to harm the U.S. It publishes only what is harmful to Egypt, its administration and president. This body – which hopes to cause tension between the two countries – is distributing the [material] it chose to translate from the Egyptian media, in which it found things damaging to the U.S., to all Congress members and senior U.S. administration officials. This is [done] in order to present a distorted picture of what is being said and written in the Egyptian media.So, a mouthpiece of the Egyptian regime sees evil not in the persecution of Ayman Nour, but in his being freed by George W Bush's insistence and the rising tide of democratization. Meanwhile, of course, Ayman himself is tainted by his association with the evil US. The government-controlled Egyptian media atmosphere shows no evidence of Mubarak's alleged new faith in pluralism; only in the preordained reality that he will continue to run Egypt.
A SAUDI academic has been sentenced to 200 lashes and time in jail for insulting an Islamist colleague, a Saudi-owned newspaper reported today.(thanks for the link ev, but it's too early for alcohol. come back later.)
Hamza al-Muzaini, a lecturer in linguistics at King Saud University, was accused by Abdullah al-Barak, a lecturer of Islamic culture at the same university, of defamation and insult, the London-based Al-Hayat reported.
Barak, who is described as a radical salafist - a strict form of Sunni Islam - reportedly accused Muzaini of "mocking long beards" and questioning his knowledge in an article published a few months ago, other reports said.
Muzaini was sentenced to 200 lashes, four months in prison and banned from publishing, a verdict he immediately appealed, the newspaper said.
Muzaini maintains that his case should be examined by the ministry of information as it involves alleged libel, while Barak insists it is a personal matter that should be dealt with by a normal court.
The court has now appointed a committee to "implement the publications law, which dictates that cases involving publication (offences) should not be referred to (normal Islamic) courts," said the newspaper.
Saudi Arabia applies strict sharia, or Islamic law, under which beheadings, as well as mutilating hands and floggings, are accepted punishments.